Daniel Smith, one of America's foremost nature artists, enjoys wide acclaim for his spectacular depictions of landscapes and wildlife.
Smith lives in the mountains of southwest Montana where artistic inspiration surrounds him. He has been painting full time for over twenty years and has had more than 100 of his paintings reproduced as limited edition prints.
This fall, at Indianapolis’ Eitlejorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Daniel Smith will have his first one-man museum show. The honor is part of the Artist of Distinction award from the museum’s 2007 Quest for the West Art Show and Sale.
It has been a year of distinction for Smith. He was one of ten artists featured in Settlers West’s “Stars Over Tucson” this past March. His display, which showcased A Nose for Honey, sold out on opening night. With their
excellent brush work and light-hearted composition, Smith’s lifelike images have become instant collector favorites.
“Bears have an uncanny sense of smell,” says Daniel. “Being omnivorous, they get most of their nutrients from nuts, berries and fish (which are not very filling) so they spend most of their lives searching for food. This grizzly bear has been fortunate enough to find a cache of honey within reach.”
Artist Daniel Smith is coming off a busy year of prestigious invitational shows including the American Masters at the Salmagundi Club, the Prix de West, Quest for the West, Western Visions Miniature show in Jackson and the Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy and Western Art Heritage Museum. Alpine Aura sold in February at the 2012 Autry National Center's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.
The Rocky Mountain goat is a surefooted, North American climber ― the largest mammal above the tree line ― found in some of our most spectacular alpine landscapes. It’s hard not to interpret his pose as that of “master of all he surveys,” an apt metaphor for the accomplished artist himself whose reputation continues to soar each year. This portrait of confident strength will make a big statement in human environments from skyscraper offices to mountain cottages.
The hush of an autumn morning is barely broken by the quiet rushing of water and the splashing steps of a bull and cow moose. “What drew me to this scene,” says Daniel Smith, “is its abstract quality, the division between the dark, still water of the background and the reflective bright water of the small cascade in the foreground. I always liked the peace and tranquility of running water, like watching a fire at night—it’s got that same mesmerizing quality.”